by Kay Greenlees

Today the embroiderer’s sketchbook, ideas book or journal embraces a range of exciting possibilities. It includes initial concept material, design, colour work, textile samples, stitches and three-dimensional pieces. Beautiful in itself, the embroiderer’s material can also provide inspiration for more developed work. This is the first book to show students, general embroiderers and other textile artists how to make the most of their sketchbooks, showcasing examples from leading textile artists such as Audrey Walker, Rozanne Hawksley, Amanda Clayton and Ruth Issett. Illustrated with sketchbook pages through to finished textile pieces.

The book covers:

Purposes of a Sketchbook: exploring and storing; investigation and ideas;

research and collecting; experimentation and development; recording and analysis

Different Approaches: drawing and collage; stitch and fabric; surface inspiration; pattern/colour/texture; design elements as starting points; models and maquettes; 3-D work; sketchbook work for its own sake; exploring concepts

Making a Start: things to include; building confidence; when to use a sketchbook; don’t be afraid to…

Presentation, Materials, Tools, Techniques

About the author

Kay Greenlees is an extremely experienced teacher and textile artist. As a practising artist she has exhibited both in the UK and internationally. She has been a national mentor for the Embroiderer’s Development Scheme and Chair of the Textile Society. She now works for the University of Leeds in the UK. She regularly publishes articles and is a member of the Practical Studies Group. She lives in Edgerton, Huddersfield.

Price: £18.99
ISBN: 9780713489576
Extent: 128 pages
Format: Hardback
Size: 276 x 213 mm
Illustrations: 90 illustrations